Real Madrid denies report of $360M offer to buy Neymar

first_imgBicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Brazil’s Neymar celebrates at the end of the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. Neymar scored once in Brazil’s 2-0 victory. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)MADRID — Real Madrid has denied a report that it has offered to buy Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer of 310 million euros ($360 million).Madrid says the report by Spanish public broadcaster TVE is “absolutely untrue,” adding the team “made no offer of any kind to PSG or the player.”ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan The statement was published hours after Neymar scored to help Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 and advance to the World Cup quarterfinals.Paris Saint-Germain is under pressure from UEFA to raise cash from selling players. The French club needs to help comply with “Financial Fair Play” rules which monitor overspending on transfers and wages. PSG spent a record 222 million euros ($260 million) last year by buy Neymar from Barcelona.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownUEFA warned the French champions three weeks ago they will “remain under close scrutiny” when they submit accounts for the financial year, which ended last Saturday. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Fiba opens disciplinary hearings after Gilas-Australia melee Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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All aboard the Tshwane express

first_imgThe Tshwane Business Express will coverthe distance between Johannesburg andPretoria in one hour.(Image: Metrorail) Transport minister Jeff Radebe aboardthe Khayelitsha Business Express.(Image: Cape Metrorail) The Khayelitsha Business Expressprepares for departure.(Image: Cape Metrorail) Commuters on the Soweto BusinessExpress enjoy a pleasant trip into Joburg.(Image: Cape Metrorail)Janine ErasmusWith petrol prices on the rise and freeways getting busier and busier, South African commuters are battling not only with high costs but also with peace of mind. The Tshwane Business Express, a new rail service launched in May 2008, will help to ease the pressure for some.Taking into account the ever-rising price of petrol and the cost of running and maintaining a car, says the national Department of Transport, it is hoped that young professionals will embrace the new alternative to negotiating the N1 freeway between Pretoria and Johannesburg. This section of the N1 is known as the Ben Schoeman highway and is considered to be Africa’s busiest stretch of road.Greater use of public transport is one of the most efficient ways to cut congestion on the country’s roads, said Jeff Radebe, South Africa’s Minister of Transport, in his keynote address at the launch. “We can dare to say that we are on track towards providing a lasting, sustainable, efficient and affordable mode of transport to serve our people and the economy at large.”The Tshwane train accommodates 530 passengers and business commuters can make the most of a range of added services on the train, such as attendants, complimentary refreshments and newspapers on board, laptop workstations, and soon wi-fi, and enhanced security.In addition to covered parking facilities at all stopping stations, a free bus shuttle service is also available to take passengers to destinations such as OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg central, and the nearby business suburbs of Parktown and Rosebank.At present the train operates only during peak hours in the morning and afternoon, stopping at Centurion and Kempton Park stations before arriving at its destination. However plans are underway to expand the service to off-peak hours. Passengers will pay R750 for a month’s travel in the so-called Zone 2, or business class, while Zone 1, or economy travel, costs R550 a month. A one-way trip costs R30 and R20 respectively.The Tshwane Business Express is the third such service in South Africa, following on the heels of the Soweto and Khayelitsha business expresses, which were launched in July and November 2007 respectively.All three services are aimed at the middle-class passenger that, according to the department, is emerging from townships and previously disadvantaged areas. It is hoped that more efficient and accessible services such as these will help to build a culture of using public transport, which in recent years has proved unequal to the task of transporting South African citizens. They have consequently taken to the roads in their millions, boosting car sales and resulting in tremendous traffic congestion.South Africans on the moveKhayelitsha’s 300-seater express rail service takes commuters from Khayelitsha station to Cape Town station in under 40 minutes, including three stops along the way. Offering the same luxury and convenient facilities as the other two services, the Khayelitsha express train costs R300 per month, R99 per week and R30 and R25 for single and return daily trips.Like the Tshwane express, the Soweto express train seats 530 commuters in comfort. For R310 per month passengers travel to Johannesburg from Naledi station, stopping at Ikhwezi and Dube stations in Soweto on the way.Both the Soweto and Tshwane express services will work in tandem with the Gautrain rapid rail link, currently under construction. This service, offering 100 000 daily passenger trips, will cover the distance of 80 km between Pretoria and Johannesburg in 40 minutes and is also intended mainly to ease the congestion on the N1 highway and reduce the number of cars by an expected 20%.Minister Jeff Radebe, speaking in the National Assembly in July 2007, put the cost of the Gautrain at R25,5-billion but according to senior ANC member Jeremy Cronin, speaking in the same house on a later occasion, the cost could be as high as R35-billion.Developing a better national rail serviceMetrorail, a division of the state-owned South African Rail Commuter Corporation, oversees commuter rail services in South Africa’s urban areas. Metrorail covers 471 stations and 2 228 km of track, and carries an average of 1,7 million passengers per weekday.South Africa’s national Department of Transport has embarked on several programmes in order to upgrade the country’s public transport and roads systems. The department has allocated R8,5-billion for passenger rail infrastructure; R8,2-billion for public transport infrastructure other than rail; R5,5-billion for infrastructure of the country’s national roads; R9,2-billion for public transport infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World Cup; and R19,2-billion for upgrading of airports.The public rail transport system is one of the department’s main focus areas. The R16-billion National Rail Plan, approved by cabinet in 2006, brings together all the regional rail plans under one umbrella and lays out the specific infrastructural and rolling stock interventions required to implement the department’s rail plan strategy.“Our public transport system needs to remain a lasting legacy long after the last goal is scored in the World Cup final,” said Jeff Radebe at the launch of the Soweto express train. “Our plan is to ensure that by 2010 there is a train available every five minutes during peak hours.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksInquiries – 012 315 2007More information on the Tshwane Business ExpressDepartment of TransportSouth African Rail Commuter CorporationGautrainCape Metroraillast_img read more

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Video: The eco-friendly vuvuzela

first_imgBusiness start-up, social upliftment programme, environmental awareness initiative – the Kelp Environmental Learning Project (K.E.L.P) combines all three to give a completely new twist to the South African soccer fan’s trademark vuvuzela trumpet.Click arrow to play video.MediaClubSouthAfrica: Colourful vuvuzelas – from kelpPublished on SouthAfrica.info on 9 March 2010.last_img

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Green Building Database to Expand

first_imgA group of builders in the Pacific Northwest specializing in sustainable building practices is hoping to enlarge its Code Innovations Database with an online Crowdrise campaign to raise $40,000 by January 7.The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, based in Seattle, said that the database already is filled with information about innovative designs, technology, and materials, but the Guild would like to add hundreds more case studies and profiles on green building codes and make it useful to more builders.Despite 20 years of ground-breaking efforts to advance sustainable building, innovative builders “still face an uphill climb and regulatory hurdles that can slow or even stop their best ideas from being adopted more broadly,” a statement posted at the website says.The money will be used to publish additional case studies on successful projects, add profiles on innovative green building codes, and advocate for policy innovation.“EcoBuilders,” as the site calls them, are advocating designs that go beyond LEED certification to meet the requirements of more rigorous programs such as the Living Building Challenge or Passivhaus. According to the Guild, these builders often discover that the process is “fraught with regulatory disconnects from building codes and policies that haven’t caught up with the pace of innovation.“We can’t let the slow moving, bureaucratic process stall or even stop proven technology from being adopted more broadly,” the group said. “We have to make it easier to build green.”If information is shared freely between builders, code enforcement officials, and developers, then green building practices can be advanced more rapidly, the group said.last_img read more

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5 PH footballers begin camp, nurse dreams of trip to Munich

first_imgView comments The five were chosen after the National Youth Futsal Cup organized by Allianz PNB Life, PFF and Henry V. Moran Foundation last May.The four-day AJFC, now on its ninth edition but with the Philippines in the lineup just this year, is being held at Finns Recreation Club under the supervision of FC Bayern coaches led by Klaus Augenthaler and retired striker and AJFC ambassador Giovane Elber.“Have fun and enjoy,” Sollorin remembered the coaches telling them.Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Singapore also sent their players aged 14 to 16. The final cast will fly to Munich on Aug. 17 to 22 to meet the FC Bayern players, train under the coaches of the German club and watch the Bundesliga 2017-2018 opening match at Allianz Arena.One participant will also get the Good Sportsmanship award which is equivalent to a one-week scholarship later this year at Aspire Academy, an internationally-renowned sports institution in Doha, Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “They get shy around the other kids,” said Landagan. “At the same time, they’re still very playful.”“I told them to interact with the other kids and assert themselves on the field,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKonrad Keim Sollorin of Ateneo de Iloilo, Aeron Tenollar of Baguio City, JM Mitra of De La Salle Zobel and Gawad Kalinga Football Program’s Jasper Beruan and Jeofrey Fresado arrived here Monday and began camp the following day.They were accompanied by Allianz PNB Life brand director Rei Abrazaldo. Mitra’s parents and Sollorin’s father are also here. Former FC Bayern Munich striker Giovane Elber (fourth from left) joins PH’s Konrad Keim Sollorin, JM Mitra, Jasper Beruan. Aeron Tenollar and Jeofrey Fresado at theAllianz Junior Football Camp at Finns Recreation Club in Bali, Indonesia.BALI, INDONESIA—More than skills training and the much-coveted trip to the FC Bayern junior camp in Munich, Germany, camp directors want the 49 teenage players participating in a football clinic here to learn teamwork and improve on their character.Coach Jess Landagan of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) said the five Filipino players, all aged 14, at the ongoing Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) have yet to overcome their timidness and develop concentration.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Battle on top: SMB, Star collidelast_img read more

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Today’s medal hunt: 141

first_imgARCHERYWomen’s: Recurve team. Men’s: Recurve teamATHLETICSMen’s: 110m hurdles; triple jump; hammer throw; decathlon 1500m. Women’s: 1500m; 400m; triple jump; 10,000mBADMINTONTeam eventSWIMMING/SYNCHRONISEDMen’s: 100m butterfly; 50m breaststroke; 100m backstroke; 200m individual medley.Women’s: 200m backstroke; 50m freestyle; 100m breaststroke; 400m freestyle; 50m backstroke; 4x100m freestyleSHOOTINGClay targetMen’s: Trap pairsWomen’s: Trap pairsPistol & small boreMen’s: 50m rifle 3 position pairs; 10m air pistol singles; 25m rapid fire pistol singlesTABLE TENNISWomen’s teamWEIGHTLIFTINGWomen’s 69kg. Men’s 85kgWRESTLINGWomen’s : Freestylelast_img

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